Computer & software recommendations

We recommend that all students come with a well equipped laptop computer (for free movement across the college). Wi-Fi is available throughout our campus, and all residence halls have ethernet ports.

Note: You are not required to purchase a computer or software, as we have computer labs for you to use. To succeed using our labs alone, however, will require your careful time management.


Internet service & device discount

If you receive a Pell Grant, or if your household has low income, then you may qualify for a federal discount on your internet service and a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.

Learn more about (or apply for) the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Our minimum suggestions


  • Laptop

    • Note: Not a Chromebook.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 or Apple M1

  • RAM: 8GB

  • Storage: 256GB SSD

  • Webcam

Any additional major recommendations are listed below.


Any major recommendations are listed below.

Note: SOLIDWORKS may not currently work on Windows 11. Please contact your professor or department to ask whether you'll be using SOLIDWORKS and what their current recommendation is. If you have Windows 11, you may still be able to use SOLIDWORKS remotely.

What the YCP majors recommend

If any major has computer or software recommendations beyond our minimum suggestions above, they're listed here. Please contact us with any questions.

Civil Engineering


  • Processor: Intel Core i7

  • RAM: 16GB

  • Storage: 512GB SSD

  • Operating system: Windows 10

    • Note: not macOS



  • Operating system: Windows 10

Computer Science


  • Processor: Intel Core i5

  • RAM: 16GB

Additional useful items

Headset with microphone

  • For remote class meetings.

10 foot cat6 ethernet cable

  • For a wired internet connection in your residence hall.

ACC ethernet adapter, if your laptop does not have an ethernet port.

  • To use with the ethernet cable.

HDMI, mini display port, or USB-C adapter, if your laptop does not have these ports.

500GB or larger external hard drive or solid state drive (SSD)

  • To backup up your laptop’s hard drive.


We recommend using Windows Security, which is a default on all Windows 10 computers. If you have a computer without Security, then we suggest choosing a software with up-to-date definitions and routinely scheduled virus scans.


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